While chatting over breakfast, we had realized that Disney Princesses really do tend to have animal* companions. And I think we figured out why they use that trope: a human companion would create too much competition for the movie’s primary relationship. But if a princess didn’t have a companion at all, she’d basically have to talk to herself to communicate with the audience.
Well Disney, my girl has another idea for you:
They could have a princess who blogs. Think about it:
“Episode 98: Hello world! Today I was attacked by bad guys, again. But… I’m still surprisingly beautiful.”
*exceptions we could think of: Meridah WAS an animal, and Olaf was technically a snowman. Still, non-human. I can also think of a few movies where princesses travelled with humans, but tension over relationship competition was part of their plot. Can you think of any more?